On the photo riser at Fashion Week, you see plenty of cameras, of course, and plenty of camera straps. While most are emblazoned with the brand (e.g. Nikon or Canon), Capturing Couture makes camera straps that literally, turn heads!
Erika and Lisa were two moms who wanted to make cameras (or make that, the camera straps), fashionable. They founded Capturing Couture to create camera straps that are cute, chic, practical, and beautiful to look at. Whether you’re seeking a wrist strap for a snap-and-shoot mini, or a full sized strap for a DSLR, there is going to be a design that “speaks” to you.
Many decades ago, when I first started getting interested in photography, I bought my first camera. It was a Mamiya Sekor 500 DTL single lens reflex (film, of course). And, since it was the 1970’s, that funky, colorful era, I purchased a camera strap that was made out of embroidered ribbon. I loved the look!
Camera Straps For Changing Times:
But times change, and I’ve had many cameras since then. Still, I longed for a less utilitarian camera strap like the one I had on my Mamiya Sekor. At a holiday gift show at the Marriott in Manhattan, the first table I spied was that of Capturing Couture. They were displaying all sorts of colorful camera straps, including one made completely out of fabric “roses.” But there in the display were “Boho” camera straps that were very similar to mine of years’ past!
There are many different collections. Some remind me of striped, Navajo blankets. I love the ribbon designs. I received the Boho ribbon strap called: “Harmony.” The richly embroidered ribbon really is very similar to the one I had back in the “70’s. However, the brightly colored embroidery still adds that personal, exotic touch to the same old, same old, black digital camera body.
How These Work:
Capturing Couture’s modern version has a velvety backing that is slightly padded, so it doesn’t cut into your shoulder or neck as the old-fashioned ones did.
Every camera has loops for attaching a camera strap, but some fit better than others. The Capturing Couture straps feature two tough nylon strips with plastic toggles that hold the strap securely to your camera body. Another plus is that the Capturing Couture strap has metal fittings that secure the ribbon strap and to the camera. This classy camera strap not only fits well, it looks good and feels good, too!
I didn’t receive my sample DSLR strap in time for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, but it did arrive in time to literally, “capture couture” for the last couple of shows of Couture Fashion Week at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. The strap was a bit hit! Most photographers are pretty much in the background except when someone is posing and looking right at them, but the new strap gained a lot of envious looks!
Everything Roses for the Hobbyist Camera:
Most of the camera straps are available in different widths and lengths with prices ranging from $35.00-$49.99 (the wristlets –organza roses shown here range from $19.00-$25.00). The Harmony strap I tried is a 2” wide SLR/DSLR Camera Strap of standard Length (30” fixed +26 Adjustable webbing) for $45.00. For most people, this is going to be very generously sized, but there is also an Extended Length 37” fixed +26 Adjustable webbing strap for those who need the extra inches. Capturing Couture also makes limited edition items, camera bags and guitar straps.
If you’re going to buy someone a camera for the holidays, why add one of these cute camera straps! Or, just buy the strap. It makes a great gift on its own. If you are the one who is always behind the camera, create your own style. When everyone else has that dull, nylon logo strap. Your camera will be the one that stands out!
Visit http://www.capturingcouture.com to learn more, see all the styles and collections, and find online and local retailers.